Benefits of Weight Training for Women – Surge Fitness

Women’s gyms in Perth are embracing weight training and Surge Fitness are on board in a big way.

The perception is free weights and bars are for bulky blokes to sweat, grunt and grow bodybuilder muscles but this could not be further from the truth.

Cultivating lean muscle with weight training – also called strength or resistance training – is very different to “bulking up”. That requires a bodybuilding program with 4-6 workouts per week targeting mass growth.

For women looking to burn fat, get lean and strong, and feel good between gym sessions, 2-3 high energy weight training sessions per week is the answer. Let’s explore how:

Burn More Belly Fat

While cardio is great for stamina and aerobic health, weight training is proven to be better for promoting fat loss. The right exercise plan adds energy-efficient lean muscle, reduces body fat percentage and improves blood pressure.

We all know that exercise releases endorphins. What you might not know is cardio and high-rep weight training have different effects after you leave the gym.

Whereas cardio burns calories while you’re active, weight training has been shown to increase “excess post-exercise oxygen consumption” (EPOC) and basal metabolic rate (BMR, how many calories you burn at rest) so your body burns more energy for up to 48 hours.

Sculpt And Tone

Cardio alone is not enough to achieve a lean and toned figure. Eating healthy helps but without weight training in the mix you will always be running after an elusive goal.

With resistance training that targets specific areas, you can choose to build glutes or sculpt your stomach depending on the look you’re going for.

But remember, it should be about more than looks. Women in our Perth gym who build lean muscle stay stronger for longer, no bulky bodybuilder muscles required.

Higher Energy Levels

The gym might seem like the last place you want to be after a long day but studies show regular exercise is one of the best ways to fight fatigue.

Exercise releases dopamine and serotonin, the good neurotransmitters our bodies crave. Over time even relatively short resistance training sessions result in higher energy levels for the 24 hours post-workout.

Especially for busy women, regular exercise including strength training in our Perth women’s gym helps to fight fatigue and promote a positive, energised state of mind.

Reduce Risk of Injury and Heart Disease

What’s the secret to aging gracefully? You guessed it – weight training! As bodies age the metabolism slows down and women face an increased risk of arthritis and injuries from falls.

Strength training helps to offset these risks by lubricating and protecting joints against arthritis and reducing arthritis pain, as well as promoting strength and balance by fighting natural muscle atrophy.

There are also studies suggesting lifting weights can reduce the risk of heart attack or stroke by 40 to 70 percent. Just an hour in the gym every week is enough to strengthen your heart, and more exercise means more of the other benefits.

The Gym For Women In Perth

It is no secret exercise is good for women’s physical and mental health, both in the short term and long term. We want to make it easier for women to take up strength training in our Perth women’s gym.

On top of a friendly and welcoming environment we also have classes for kids so you have time to bust through your strength training program. It’s cheaper than babysitting and you get a great workout at the same time!

If you’re stuck on where to start with strength training, we are always here to help. Surge Fitness is a gym for all women to feel welcome, no matter your abilities and goals.